Wood grows with character through a number of ways under stress.
Trees have a deep rooted history of truth which shares many tales of the past.
Rubenovitch Furnishings & Co. is focused on revealing stories within trees that can act as inspiration in our lives.
Trees are resilient organisms and we embody our works to focus on sharing and creating works from trees that have endured with beauty. The wood specimens we choose to work with may require more time and labour to birth a beautiful product but feel that in working with these pieces that have endured hardship they are an opportunity to share and reveal amazing beauty beneath the scars and rot on the surface. Below are a few examples of trees that yield diverse characteristics from stress within their environments.
Spalted Woods. Specifically Maple, a local wood to the sea to sky area. A common hardwood that spalts yielding artisan characteristics. There is an equanimity point, as trees endures they grow with character yielding black zone lines, white rot and pigmentation color changes.
Birdseye maple is another characteristic where branches from within the tree in darkness stretch towards the light striving to bud. The phenomenon yield’s eye looking shapes within the wood which occurs in a handful of wood species but is primarily found in Sugar Maple.
Wood Database says: “The Sugar Maple attempts to start numerous new buds to get more sunlight, but with poor growing conditions the new shoots are aborted, and afterward a number of tiny knots remain.”
Burls are deformities in tress that are a result of some form of stress that may be caused by injury, virus, or fungus.
A burl (American English) or bur or burr (UK English) is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch that is filled with small knots from dormant buds. The twists and turns in the grains yield beautiful artisan traits.
Heal Over/Wounds. Trees get scarred in life, if it be from a human pruning a branch or from a natural event. Trees fall and sometimes fall on one another. In this process it may crash and scar another tree as it slumps. The scars on trees can result in interesting lips or magical transmogrifications specifically in Douglas Fir. Trees also have the ability to support each other by grafting roots, underground in darkness. Neighbouring trees put in their energy and come to support scarred trees to reduce risks of fungus and infection spreading.
All these experiences evolve over time and if its up to a tree, a craft maker, or us humans it takes time to get to the core of the issue. What may seem rotten on the outside is likely that is special and has magical characteristics on the inside.